A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has adjourned hearing on cases of certificate forgery and perjury against Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state and his deputy, Philip Shaibu.
Recall that the governor and his deputy won the September 19, 2020, governorship election in the state.
In July, two months before the election, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and one of its members, Edobor Williams, instituted the suits.
In two separate suits, plaintiffs had asked the court to disqualify the Obaseki and Shaibu from participating in the election and to prevent the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from fielding any candidate in the election.
They wanted the court to stop Obaseki and Shaibu from participating in the election for allegedly lying on oath and submitting false documents to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The case involving Obaseki came up for mention on Wednesday. The defendant’s counsel, Ken Mozia, stated that they were just served and that they were even preparing to challenge the process of the service.
Counsel to the petitioners, Akin Okujinmi, leading other attorneys, agreed with Obaseki’s counsel that the case be adjourned to a new date.
The judge noted that the suits were instituted since July and that the court has 180 days to hear the case and give its ruling.
The case was subsequently adjourned to November 16, 2020. The petitioners are expected to call witnesses on November 16, 17, and 18. Defendants are expected to to call witnesses on November 25 and 26.
Likewise, the suit involving Shaibu was fixed for hearing on November 30 and December 1, 2020. The deputy governor and his party are expected to call witnesses on December 8 and 9, 2020.